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“Emmett Till”

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Iron Roots Athlete Memorial WOD

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  • 14 Rounds for Time
  • 8 Pull-Ups
  • 28 Double-Unders
  • 3 Squat Cleans (225/155 lb)

With a running clock, perform the prescribed work in the order written for 14 rounds as fast as possible (“For Time“).

Score is the time on the clock when the last round of the Squat Cleans is completed.


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Background: This workout is dedicated to Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old African American, who was lynched in Mississippi on August 28, 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store. The brutality of his murder and the fact that his killers were acquitted drew attention to the long history of violent persecution of African Americans in the United States. Till posthumously became an icon of the civil rights movement.

Till was born on July 25, 1941 and raised in Chicago, Illinois. During summer vacation in August 1955, he was visiting relatives near Money, in the Mississippi Delta region. He spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the white married proprietor of a small grocery store there.

Several nights after the incident in the store, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J.W. Milam were armed when they went to Till’s great-uncle’s house and abducted the boy. They took him away and beat and mutilated him before shooting him in the head and sinking his body in the Tallahatchie River. Three days later, Till’s body was discovered and retrieved from the river.

This workout was designed by Iron Roots Athlete @iron.roots.athlete as part of their initiative to continue fostering conversations on the progress of supporting people of color in the fitness community. It was one of the initial memorial WODs for their ‘Walk With Us: A Program Series With a Purpose.’

The rep scheme signifies:
– 14 rounds for the age Emmett was when he was murdered in Mississippi while visiting family
– 8 and 28 reps for the date when he was murdered, August 28
– 3 reps for the number of days between his abduction and his body being found.

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